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PROVIDENCE â€“ Accusing his opponent of â€śserial hypocrisy,â€ť Republican U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley blasted Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse for leaving the Senate floor after promising to debate his DISCLOSE Act â€ślong into the night,â€ť to attend a fundraiser held by a group Hinckley claims would be exempt from that proposed law.
In the first press conference in what has so far been an exceedingly quiet Senate campaign â€“ a quickie event that lasted a little more than five minutes -- Hinckley assembled reporters on the sidewalk outside Whitehouseâ€™s downtown Providence Senate office to say his opponent is distracted with issues such as the DISCLOSE Act â€“ which would require corporations, unions and other groups to report the source of large donations â€“ and health care when he should be focusing on the single issue of â€śjobs, jobs, jobs.â€ť
â€śTimes are tough right now in Rhode Island and in America,â€ť Hinckley said, â€śwe need jobs. Iâ€™ve been traveling for 16 months around the state of Rhode Island and I hear the same thing over and over again: â€śI canâ€™t find a jobâ€ť or â€śIâ€™m stuck in a dead-end job,â€ť â€śMy kids have left the state because they canâ€™t find a job.â€ť
He said Whitehouseâ€™s departure from the DISCLOSE debate, â€śis more of the hypocrisy of career politics that has led America and Rhode Island off course. We need a new direction.